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Main search called off for missing Lufkin man

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The main search for a missing Lufkin man in the Neches River near the Angelina County line has been called off.

Markus Smith has been missing since Saturday morning. Smith, 23, was a passenger in a 2014 Dodge car, driven by Adrian Segura, 23, of Lufkin. Segura was driving northbound on US 59 when he drove into the Neches River.

Diboll Police Chief Steve Baker said Segura walked into the police station about three hours after the crash and said Smith was missing. That is when Diboll PD contacted game wardens and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

"We have exhausted all resources we have with the dive team we have at this time," Game Warden Captain Shawn Phillips said. "We will not be sending the dive team out anymore. They could not find a target in the water with the sonar equipment."

Phillips said the game wardens will come back to the scene and check daily to see if the body of Smith has floated to the surface.

On Monday Phillips explained the situation.

"It is all physics," Phillips said. "If the body is down there it is dead weight so he will not be going anywhere ev en with the current we have," Phillips said. "Once the gasses in the body build up the body will then float up to the surface. With the cold weather that could take a little bit of time."

Smith's family has been on site while the searchers have been looking. The hardest part for the family is waiting.

"It's indescribable," Kendra White said. "I can't sleep. I don't know where my brother is."

Kendra is Smith's older sister and described him as her baby.

"He's my baby brother," Kendra Smith said. "He always is wanting something and I am always looking out for him. He is goofy and very outgoing. He wouldn't mind helping anybody."

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